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“unusual and worthy checking out!”

Kyu Iwasaki-tei Teien
Ranked #17 of 486 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 30 November 2017

This is a rather unusual place... which likely is overlooked... industrialist from 1920th... decided to put some real estate on his property... so we have Swiss-style billiard room, western (colonial????) style main building and Japan-style building -- all together.... do they fit? NO do they have to ft, NO -- if you have tons of money and things that are of interest to you.... it does not matter what others think about your ways....

go ahead, check it out and let me know what you think about this one!

Thank MarcinDrP
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

I was pleased to finally have a chance to visit this historic house designed by Josiah Condor. It's wonderful that the city of Tokyo is preserving it.

The staff were friendly and provided English materials that helped us understand what we were looking at. Although it would have been cool if some of the rooms contained period furnishings, even without furniture it was still quite splendid.

There was a loop video in one room that could be programmed to play in English and provided more information and even footage of the basement area that tourists are not permitted to see.

It was especially fascinating to realize that the Iwasaki family lived in the adjacent Japanese house and only used the Western house for guests and entertaining.

Definitely an interesting slice of Meiji period Tokyo!

1  Thank Banda-in-Japan
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is a fascinating example of Meiji "western-style" architecture. The house was designed by British architect Josiah Condor for the Mitsubishi corp family. It was used as a guest house and the family lived in the attached Japanese house.

The architecture exemplifies Japan in a moment of experimentation in building design, techniques and materials. The red brick basement was layed in British style with red bricks made in a new Japanese brick factory. The dark carved wood interior is reminiscent of British and Moorish designs; the type and origin of the wood is unknown.

I chatted with a volunteer on one of the floors whose English was great and who was extremely knowledgeable. If you happen to run into a friendly volunteer pick their brain for info!

1  Thank raku
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Interesting architectural mixture between western and japanese architectures. Unfortunately not much left from the original residential complex of the founders of the Mitsubishi financial empire. The western building and the billiard room are still there (though partially under refurbishment in December 2016). Suggested for a special sight in Tokyo, but nothing special, since the site extension is quite limited. Limited information in English, which makes the place only partially enjoyable by a non-japanese.

1  Thank SilkDragonfly
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Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Although it is advertised as the "garden", the focus is on the residence. The 2 level house was built about 100 years ago by an English architect, and the style is western. Not very commonly found in Japan but should not be very special in England. The place has been well maintained. The decorations inside are not luxurious but quite elegant, with good attention to details. Unlike museum houses in Europe, there are not many old furniture or relics displayed here. Immediately connected to this western house is a Japanese house where the host lived. The western part was for guests. Besides, there is also a separate small chalet style house built for playing billiard. This house is closed to visitors. The garden itself, on the other hand, contains nothing special.

Thank Yan C
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